Interview with Diane Ragsdale

by Diane Ragsdale (interviewee), Kyle Carpenter (Interviewer), Alyssa Sheraden (interviewer)
Dallas, Texas, United States
March 24, 2017
Duration: 1:01:47
Type: Interview
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United Kingdom
Language: English
Interview with former Dallas City Council member Diane Ragsdale conducted by two students at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Ragsdale discusses a divestment ordinance passed in 1985, the Maria Morgan YWCA, the negro YWCA, the church, pastors, membership the NAACP Youth Council, the state youth organizer, the importance of voting, segregation, NAACP conventions, activism, the plight of African Americans, high school, student council, leadership, the South Dallas Information Center, domestic violence, African American women, Dallas Baptist University, the Black Women's United Front, People United for Justice for Prisoners (PUJP), anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-classism, anti-imperialism, the Southern Conference Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Coalition Against the Death Penalty, a lack of affordable housing, slum lords, the Dallas City Council, Al Lipscomb, apartheid, Roy Williams, police misconduct, anti-apartheid, movement, struggle, John Conyers, marches, protests, corporate policy, Alpert Report, affirmative action, police abuse, activists, Marvin Crenshaw, divest, businesses that did business in South Africa, capitalism, an economic issue, money, the City Attorney, a multiracial movement, people in the streets, lobbying council members, Mayor Starke Taylor, the City Planning Commission, a Land Use committee, an economic development plan, the Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC), low to moderate incomes, activist, voter registration, voter education, divesting, oppression, the Safeway boycott, electoral politics, a counter lobby from the conservatives, apply necessary pressure, and Craig Holcomb.

Used by permission of Diane Ragsdale, Kyle Carpenter and Alyssa Sheraden.